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The game was a back-and-forth battle throughout. The first half saw North Carolina in control, even commanding a double-digit lead with ten minutes left in the half. In the second half Kentucky climbed back into it, even capturing the lead on a 7—0 run capped by a Doron Lamb three to make the score 63—60 in favor of Kentucky. The final minute was highlighted by high drama.
North Carolina's Reggie Bullock hit a 3-pointer to cut the Wildcats' lead to 73—72 with 48 seconds left. After freshman Marquis Teague missed the front end of a one-and-one, Anthony Davis blocked John Henson 's game-winning shot, grabbed the rebound, and the Wildcats ran out the clock to win.
Kentucky would eventually win the NCAA national title that season. North Carolina and Kentucky were both ranked in the top 20 coming into this game.
At the time of the game, UNC had wins over 1 Michigan State a team that had beaten Kentucky a month earlier and 3 Louisville Kentucky's arch-rival, whom Kentucky would defeat two weeks later , but also unexpected losses to unranked Belmont and UAB. It was a team that tended to play well against good teams and occasionally poorly against inferior teams. Meanwhile, Kentucky had lost to 20 Baylor and the aforementioned Michigan State Spartans 2 at the time , but had no quality wins to speak of.
The game was an exciting one, with the score remaining close throughout the game. Kentucky took an early 9—4 lead, then held a small lead 1—7 pts for much of the first half. UNC took their first lead at 24—23 on a Joel James layup with 5: From there, the score would remain within 4 points until the Kentucky would never regain the lead, though UNC was never able to extend the lead into double digits.
Kentucky dominated the boards, pulling down 44 rebounds to the Heels' 32, and scored 19 second-chance points. Paige was the highest scorer for either team, scoring 23 points on 13 field goals and making all 10 of his free throw attempts. He scored 21 of his 23 points in the second half to lead the Tar Heels to the 82—77 victory. For the Wildcats, Aaron Harrison led the way with 20 points on 8 of 12 field goals; he also made his only three point shot and all 3 of his free throws attempts. Andrew Harrison, meanwhile, scored 17 points on 3 of 11 field goals and 10 of 17 free throws , and tallied 6 rebounds and 7 assists.
James Young also contributed 16 points half of which came from the foul line , and Willie Cauley-Stein grabbed 12 rebounds 5 offensive. North Carolina was given the 1 seed in the south regional, while Kentucky was given the 2 seed.
North Carolina rolled past 16 seed Texas Southern in their first-round game — In their second-round game, the Tar Heels overcame a late deficit to defeat 8 seed Arkansas 72— North Carolina led the Wildcats the entire first half, finishing with a 38—33 lead. Kentucky answered by beginning the second half with a 6—0 run to take their first lead of the game. North Carolina quickly took the lead back, and held it until the 7: Kentucky then took a 64—59 lead before North Carolina went on a 12—0 run.
De'Aaron Fox hit a 3-pointer with Justin Jackson answered the three with a breakaway layup to make it 73—70 Tar Heels with 33 seconds left. A very contested three pointer by Malik Monk with 7.
Carolina passed the ball into Theo Pinson , who ran down the court into the lane. He passed the ball over to Luke Maye , who hit, a jumper from just inside the three point line to give the Tar Heels a 75—73 lead with 3 tenths of a second left. UNC's win gave them their 20th all time Final Four appearance, the most by any team.
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NC State at Marshall. Coastal Carolina at UL Lafayette. Michigan State 23 at Indiana. Arkansas at Auburn Texas Southern at Houston. Stanford 7 at Oregon Air Force at Utah State. Eastern Michigan at San Diego State. Nebraska at Michigan Boston College 25 at Purdue.
Kent State at Mississippi. Pittsburgh at North Carolina. Western Michigan at Georgia State. Illinois State at Colorado State. Western Kentucky at Ball State.
Virginia Tech 10 at Old Dominion. Clemson 2 at Georgia Tech. Northern Illinois at Florida State. Arizona at Oregon State. South Carolina at Vanderbilt. North Texas at Liberty. Rice at Southern Mississippi. Texas Tech at Oklahoma State Mississippi State 14 at Kentucky.